Inside the female-founded hospital Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed Lilibet

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Meghan Markle gave birth in a female-founded hospital after they carefully selected the best place to welcome little Lilibet to the world.

The royal couple, who recently issued a legal claim over their daughter's name, planned every step of their pregnancy from the hospital they were going to deliver in down to the name they had picked out for months.

On June 4, Meghan, 39, welcomed Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital which was just a short drive from their £11 million home in Montecito, California.

Meghan, who reportedly made private calls to Kate Middleton to resolve a royal feud, and Prince Harry, 36, were looked after by Dr Melissa Drake alongside the remote assistance from Dr Gowri Motha in the UK after a successful birth with Archie at London’s Portland Hospital in 2019.

A source told People Magazine: “They looked at several hospitals before they settled on the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Meghan loves that it’s female-founded.”

The state-of-the-art facility provided a childbirth centre which tailors each birth to the individual couple, with a five-star menu to order room service as well as free access to the pantry.

The room was complete with a luxury sofa, a rocking chair and a recliner in addition to the birthing bed with plenty of pillows for the sleep deprived parents to nap on.

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In addition to the well-developed hospital, the team were able to adjust to the major security presence needed for the Sussexes to have a private and safe birth.

The insider revealed: “Security and privacy were also priorities. They had a big security team that the hospital needed to accommodate.”

The added assistance of the security team not only kept the new family safe but allowed them to “enjoy the birth in peace” and spend those precious moments with their newborn out of the media.

The source concluded: “Meghan and Harry are both very thankful for how smoothly things went.”

The couple will now enjoy their five-month maternity leave from the Archewell Foundation, a charity they set up when they set down roots in North America.

Journalist Omid Scobie, the pair's biographer, said: "We're so used to seeing senior royals going back to work, but Harry and Meghan are leading by example.

"They offer up to 20 weeks parental leave at Archewell (their foundation). It'll be several months off work for the pair of them."

Harry's paternity leave compares to just a fortnight off for new dads in the UK, which he hopes will encourage employers to be more lenient towards expectant fathers.

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